Provincial program designed to address environmental emergencies

Environmental damage can prove to be disastrous and the province is taking a step to ensuring that communities have the necessary equipment to deal with those emergencies.
Through a program created by the Alberta Environment Support and Emergency Response Team (ASERT), Ponoka has been one of the six chosen communities in the province to receive a spill response equipment trailer.

  • Oct. 1, 2008 1:00 p.m.

Ponoka will be trained as part of the Community Spill Response Program in case of an emergency. Standing left to right is Martin Krezalek

Environmental damage can prove to be disastrous and the province is taking a step to ensuring that communities have the necessary equipment to deal with those emergencies.

Through a program created by the Alberta Environment Support and Emergency Response Team (ASERT), Ponoka has been one of the six chosen communities in the province to receive a spill response equipment trailer.

The trailer was delivered to the Ponoka Fire Hall on Sept. 26 and Garth Imeson, emergency response officer for ASERT, says that the trailer is equipped for spills on land and water and that volunteers will be trained to use the equipment in case of an emergency situation.

“It gives them an extra tool,” said Imeson. “The fire department usually gets emergency calls first and hopefully they will be able to contain and protect until further resources arrive.”

The spill response units include 400 feet of containment boom for spills that pose a threat to Alberta’s waterways as well as many other supplies.

Lacombe-Ponoka MLA Ray Prins believes that the pilot program is valuable to have for Ponoka and area.

“I think it’s a great idea,” said Prins. “It’s critical that we have one in central Alberta and that local members will be trained to use the equipment to contain any spills.”

Mayor of Ponoka, Larry Henkelman also believes that the spill response unit is important to have in Ponoka because of the water that runs through Ponoka and surrounding areas.

“It is good for all of central Alberta, not only Ponoka,” said Henkelman. “There are many rivers, streams and lakes in the area and should something happen, we can respond and protect our watersheds.”

The training session will be done by spill response professionals and will include issues such as on-scene hazard assessment and setup, familiarize members with the equipment, care, storage, maintenance and equipment assessment, land and water spill response strategies and techniques and hands-on equipment deployment and use.

Ponoka Fire chief Ted Dillon looks forward to the training session and feels that the program will benefit the members of the community and the surrounding area.

“It’s excellent,” said Dillon. “It’s wonderful that ASERT is supplying us with training and supplies and it’s another tool for us to use to keep the community as safe as possible.”

Just Posted

Darrell Paulovich remembered after accident claims his life

A tragic accident claimed the life of a rodeo advocate over the weekend

Video reaction sheds light on employee rights

A McDonald’s Ponoka customer’s reaction to a labour issue created some training opportunities

Ponoka soldiers killed in action in WWI recognized in worldwide vigil

The World Remembers vigil concludes this year following the centenary of the last year of WWI

Ponoka residents asked to provide input in 2019 budget

Ponoka’s budget process is underway and council hopes to hear from residents on their priorities

Serious collision north of Ponoka

Emergency crews were on scene of a serious collision north of Ponoka on Highway 2

Naked man jumping into Toronto shark tank a ‘premeditated’ stunt: official

The man swam in a tank at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

Transport Canada to take new look at rules, research on school bus seatbelts

Canada doesn’t currently require seatbelts on school buses

Theft of $140,000 in machinery investigated in County of Wetaskiwin

Wetaskiwin RCMP investigate theft of pipe fusion equipment

5 tips for talking to your kids about cannabis

Health officials recommend sharing a harm reduction-related message.

NHL players say Canada’s legalization of marijuana won’t impact them

NHL players say the legalization of marijuana in Canada won’t change how they go about their business.

Automated cars could kill wide range of jobs, federal documents say

Internal government documents show that more than one million jobs could be lost to automated vehicles, with ripple effects far beyond the likeliest professions.

Koreas agree to break ground on inter-Korean railroad

The rival Koreas are holding high-level talks Monday to discuss further engagement amid a global diplomatic push to resolve the nuclear standoff with North Korea.

Flash floods kill at least 7 people in southwest France

Flash floods have left several people dead in southwest France, with roads swept away and streams become raging torrents as the equivalent of several months of rain fell overnight, authorities said Monday.

Trump to visit Florida, Georgia; search ongoing for missing

The death toll from Michael’s destructive march from Florida to Virginia stood at 17.

Most Read